101 Ways Black Women Can Learn to Love Themselves: A Gift for Women of All Ages (Hardcover)

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Reviews: "Powerful...moving to read." -- Rawsistaz Book Reviews101 Ways is like talking to your sister when she's got all the right answers. -- Heart and Soul magazine An ambitious...guide to personal growth and fulfillment through the practice of loving one's self. -- Black Issues Book Review There is something for everyone … [Read more...]

Warning Labels on Photoshopped Models? “Oui” Say the French

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About seven years ago, I led an intense media literacy course for a group of amazing Bay area teens. As part of the course, students created art and media pieces that illustrated how they felt about unrealistic portrayals of men and women in the media. I was blown away when a pair of fourteen year-olds, Shari and Shila, produced … [Read more...]

Caster Semenya’s True Identity Is Up to Her

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Gotta love the ongoing coverage around Caster Semenya, the South African runner whose gender has been questioned since her victory last month at the 2009 World Championships. Not only does this issue raise questions around gender and privacy, it also shows how absolutely skewed our conceptions of beauty and femininity are. In … [Read more...]

In the Media, As a Black Man You’re Still Guilty Even if Proven Innocent

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Photos included in coverage of Hofstra rape case after defendants were cleared. Yesterday morning I was checking out the Huffington Post's piece on the dropped Hofstra gang rape case and was not surprised at the sloppy coverage by the media of the innocent young black males falsely accused of the crime. "Journalists" are still … [Read more...]

Save Your Boobs, Unless They’re Saggy

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Update:  Jezebel and The LA Times have posted two new stories also shaming the "Save the Boobs" campaign.Just came across this psa "Save the Boobs" for ReThink Breast Cancer. In an effort to reach a hip, young, media savvy audience about the impact of breast cancer on young women, this campaign does nothing to lift the conversation … [Read more...]

Girls and Dieting: Then and Now

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By Jeffrey Azslow The Wall Street Journal September 2, 2009 One day in January 1986, fourth-grade girls at Marie Murphy School in Wilmette, Ill., were called down to the principal's office. A stranger was waiting there to ask each girl a question: "Are you on a diet?" Most of the girls said they were. "I just want to … [Read more...]

Cougars: Unfortunately Coming to a Town Near You

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Today in reference to Demi Moore, someone jokingly asked me, "What do you have against cougars?" My response? "I'm all for cougars, but let's just call them what they are, grown ass women who own their sexuality, are comfortable in their skin and deserve to be celebrated and not demonized as desperate predators." … [Read more...]

Pole Dancer Doll, Are You for Real?

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This week Gizmodo broke the "story" that a child's toy, Pole Dance Doll is on the market. Conservative and liberal blogs have been covering the product as if it were indeed for sale at a store near you. One blogger claimed that Mahalo.com sells the doll (Mahalo is a search engine of sorts that doesn't sell products). … [Read more...]